The next-generation Hyundai Verna will go on sale in India on March 21. The South Korean manufacturer released the first set of teasers for the new Verna, internally codenamed BN7i, earlier this week, and opened bookings at Rs 25,000.
The teasers show that the upcoming Hyundai Verna will have a completely new design, with elements inspired by several current-generation Hyundai sedans. The new Verna will have split headlamps and a full-width LED daytime running lamp up front. The grille also spans the entire width of the vehicle, with inserts similar to those found on the Tucson.
The teasers for the next-generation Verna show a sportier notchback design in profile. Expect many cuts and creases on the doors and fenders, as seen on other Hyundai models sold in other countries. The new Verna features a full-width LED light bar and crystal-like inserts in the taillights.
The new 1.5-litre direct injection turbo-petrol engine with 160hp will be another significant addition to the next-generation Verna. This engine will be paired with either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed DCT automatic transmission. It will also replace the existing 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine in most Hyundai-Kia models in India, including the Creta, Seltos, and Carens.
The Verna will also be powered by a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine. The engine is expected to be the same as that used in the previous Verna, as well as the Creta, Seltos, and Carens. It will be mated to either a 6-speed manual or an IVT transmission. Both engines will meet RDE and E20 (20% ethanol blend) standards.
Furthermore, the next-generation Hyundai Verna will not be available with a diesel engine, making the midsize sedan segment petrol-only, as the Verna’s competitors do not offer a diesel engine either.
The new Verna will be available in EX, S, SX, and SX (O) trim levels. We anticipate that the 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine will be available on higher trims, while the 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine will be used on lower trims.
Expect the new Verna to be more expensive than previous models, especially with the addition of the 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine. It will compete with the Volkswagen Virtus, Skoda Slavia, and the upcoming facelifted Honda City, as well as the recently refreshed Maruti Suzuki Ciaz.